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DIT Signs Historic Research Agreement with Leading Chinese University

Posted: 24 October, 2018

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has signed a historic agreement with leading Chinese University, the University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC), to develop the Irish-Sino Research and Innovation Institute for Novel and Emerging Sciences and Technologies (NEST).

The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) is the first instance a Chinese University has established an Overseas Research and Development organisation in Ireland. ‌ Representatives from DIT and UESTC signed the agreement on Friday at a ceremony hosted by the Irish Embassy in Beijing attended by the Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, TD, and the Irish Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, Eoin O’Leary. Upon establishment, NEST will advance joint DIT-UESTC research through the shared use of research facilities, the exchange of personnel and the joint publication of research papers at major conferences in China, Ireland and internationally, as well as in the best academic journals.

Speaking at the signing ceremony Professor Brian O’Neill, Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise at DIT said, “I am delighted to sign this ground-breaking agreement on behalf of DIT. Today is a major development for both our Institutes and countries - UESTC is the only Chinese University to have established an Overseas Research and Development venture in Ireland, and it is also the first occasion an Irish HEI has developed an R&D facility in China. We are excited for Phase one to begin which will see researchers from both Institutes work together to target funding opportunities to help find real-world solutions in the areas of Information and Communication Technology, Machine Learning with Wireless Network Management, Wireless Communications and Medical Applications, Personalised Medicine and the application of computational intelligence technologies to a variety of real-world problems.”

RepresentingUESTC at the signing ceremony, Professor Xiong Caidong, Vice President said, “Ireland’s higher education has rich experience in innovative talent training, integration of industry and education, and transformation of scientific and technological achievements. UESTC will focus on promoting the cooperation with DIT at this new starting point.”

Professor Bing Wu, Head of International Partnering and Engagement at DIT says the agreement is the result of an already fruitful partnership. “Collaboration between DIT and UESTC dates back to 2007 when a joint doctoral education programme was launched in Computer Science. Discussions regarding NEST commenced in 2017 and were kindly supported in China by Education in Ireland and the Irish Embassy in Beijing. DIT is thrilled to be embarking on this unique enterprise and look forward to working closely with our colleagues in UESTC on a diverse range of impactful research and educational programmes.”

Notes to editor:

Memorandum of Agreement Details

With this Agreement, DIT and UESTC will establish the Irish-Sino Research and Innovation Institute for Novel and Emerging Sciences and Technologies (NEST) to advance research activity undertaken across the two universities through the mutual use of research facilities, the exchange of personnel and the joint publication of research papers at major Conferences and meetings in China and Ireland and internationally and in the best international journals in the field.

In support of these goals, NEST will:

  • Create a unified environment ‘without walls’ for collaborating teams with shared intellectual knowledge and expertise as well as virtual and physical resources, thus creating a so-called research ‘collaboratory’.
  • Establish a ‘virtual’ yet unified umbrella for participating Research Centres, Laboratories and teams as well as researchers and academia in both DIT and UESTC.
  • Promote joint research and development, joint PhD supervision and joint publications.
  • Host mutual visits from Professors and Research Staff employed by each institution.
  • Promote research student exchange and facilitate arrangements for research students to move between the two institutions to conduct research work.
  • Compete for and win EU, Chinese or International funding.

About University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC)

Found in 1956 and located in Chengdu, UESTC is a national key multidisciplinary university specialising in electronic engineering and information science and technology with the harmonious integration of science, engineering, management and the liberal arts. The University has over 34,000 students, including 21,000 undergraduates, 11,000 Masters students and 2,100 PhD candidates.

Being one of the top 30 out of 2,500+ Chinese universities and institutions, UESTC is classified as a Class A Double First Class University by the Chinese Ministry of Education with, less than 40, other top Chinese universities and receives significant funding support from relevant bodies.

DIT-UESTC research collaboration was first established in 2007 when the Chinese Government, through the Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC), started to sponsor CSC scholarship students to top foreign universities to pursue doctoral studies.  As a result of this collaboration, DIT and UESTC made history in China by producing the first every PhD graduate under the CSC scholarship programme. Mr Erqiang Zhou, who came to DIT from UESTC as a CSC scholarship candidate in 2007 was conferred a DIT PhD in October 2011.

National Key Disciplines: Communication and Information System; Signal and Information Processing; Circuit and System; Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Technology; Microelectronics and Solid State Electronics Physical Electronics

National Key (Fostering) Disciplines: Optical Engineering, Applied Computer Technology